Letters, calls and emails: Sick patients will suffer for extended access

Dear Editor

The DoH plans to take 60 quality framework points from the clinical domain to fund extended hours.

I look forward to hearing which area of high-quality care will be sacrificed to provide healthcare to largely fit and working people. Care of cancer victims, perhaps; they don't pay much tax. How about BP and cholesterol management? Is this no longer a priority?

Without being puerile, surely the DoH must realise that quality money is spent to provide high-quality care, and if money must now be spent to keep an office open at hours requiring overtime rates, other patient groups must suffer. I hope the government will break the news to those who will suffer, leaving the medical profession to do the best that we can, as we always have.

Dr Colin Fraser, Arbroath, Angus.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

RCGP urges GPs to collaborate with pharmacies on flu jabs this year

RCGP urges GPs to collaborate with pharmacies on flu jabs this year

The RCGP and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society have called on GP practices and community...

GP appointments rising fast as COVID-19 cases 'near 10,000 a day'

GP appointments rising fast as COVID-19 cases 'near 10,000 a day'

GP appointments have risen rapidly in recent weeks as schools returned, according...

COVID-19 impact on medical schools risks 'serious damage' to future NHS workforce

COVID-19 impact on medical schools risks 'serious damage' to future NHS workforce

Medical training and the future NHS workforce could be seriously damaged by the financial...

GPonline's news editor wins medical journalism award

GPonline's news editor wins medical journalism award

GPonline news editor Nick Bostock has won News Story of the Year (specialist media)...

How GPs can support patients with 'long COVID'

How GPs can support patients with 'long COVID'

GPs must be ready to support patients with physical, psychological and social problems...

BMA demands 'rule of six' overhaul to prevent further lockdowns

BMA demands 'rule of six' overhaul to prevent further lockdowns

The government must scrap its high-risk ‘rule of six’ and introduce more stringent...